OC provides Windows 7, Windows 8. and Windows 10 for students to download. You can download and install Windows on your Mac computer to run it as either partitions or Parallels.
After downloading and installing Windows, you may choose one or both of the following options for running Windows on your Mac:
- You may set Windows up as a partition. When your computer turns on, you will have an option of using the Mac operating system or the Windows operating system. You must reboot to switch from one to the other.
- You may set up Windows as a virtual machine in Parallels. When you open Parallels, Windows will appear in a window on your Mac operating system. You can use both Mac and Windows simultaneously on the same computer.
This page provides instructions for setting up Windows as a partition through Boot Camp.
- You must first download Windows from OC's website before following these instructions.
- If you would like to run Windows as a virtual machine, please follow our instructions for setting up Windows on Parallels.
Open Boot Camp Assistant
- Go to your "Applications folder.
- Open the "Utilities" folder.
- Open the "Boot Camp Assistant" application.
- Make sure all three boxes are checked.
- Insert a USB drive ("flash drive").
- Click "Continue."
Save Windows to USB
- Click "Choose..."
- Find the Windows file that you have downloaded. (It should end with the extension ".iso")
- Click "Continue."
Enter Your Laptop's Admin Name and Password
- Enter the administrator account name for your laptop. (This should be the username you use to log into your laptop.)
- Enter the administrator password for your laptop. (This should be the password you use to log into your laptop.)
- Click "Add Helper."
Choose How Much of Your Hard Drive Will Be for Windows
- Drag the divider to choose how much of your hard drive space will be designated to the Windows partition.
- Click "Install."
Warning: Your Computer will Reboot!
- Select the disk partition with "Boot Camp" in its title.
- There may be an error message that says "Windows cannot be installed on [selected disk name]."
- If you see this error message, click "Format" and wait for it to be formatted.
- Click "Next."